Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mastectomy Goodies- Shopping

Step Right In

While looking for a bathing suit,  I realized there are not a lot of choices.  If I want to wear my breast form- I'm looking for what is called a Mastectomy Swim Suit. A mastectomy bra or swimsuit will contain a pocket to hold a breast form.  They also have breast forms just for swimming as well, pretty cool.   The challenge didn't bother me that much because I like a good shopping (clothes that is) challenge.  I think I found some really cute things made just for us.

Let me explain if you don't already know
I had a mastectomy- Yes
I also had reconstruction- with a breast implant.
What I have is a mound like a breast, but not a complete match to my breast.  This is great because with out that mound I would not have cleavage and that would restrict dressing options. 
What I needed like so many reconstructions with a breast implant is a breast form to fill out the rest of the breast and a bra for that matter.
Breast forms are also important because when you don't have a breast you can go with out a form, but you will be unbalanced and as time goes on you compensate in some way for that.  Now that I have my form I feel more balanced.   PLUS it's ALL about MAKING US feel GOOD!   

Like I have already posted if you need a breast form you need to see a professional for fitting and other info.
Here is who I seen and LOVED her.

After treatment there are just a couple things you will need................maybe a breast form
If so.....Matectomy bras (they have the pocket to hold your form)
If you had all your lymph nodes taken you will want to get fitted for a compression sleeve for flying and repetitive motions.  This is to help prevent Lymphedema.
You can read all about Lymphedema and precautions HERE.  There is some great new info concerning weight lifting and lymphedema- they are a little different that what we have been told before- Read the Study HERE.
Great Lymphedema Site: National Lymphedema Network
And last you may want a medical alert bracelet to alert any medical team assisting you that they are not to prick or take blood pressure on you affected arm.  This seems a little caution yes- but if you are alone somewhere and they prick you; it will put you at risk for getting lymphedema and after everything we've been through we don't want that to!

This bracelet is from TLCdirect

Thinking about Vacation..............I'm so thankful for my Lady GaGa (my breast form-see her HERE).  It's like I have so many more options than I ever thought I would have!

OK Mastectomy Girls here's your Vacation Get-Up!
I've linked to everything - I hope!

I LOVE this suit so MUCH!

Amoena Buenos Aires TA Tankini Set Swimwear

The company Amoena has a lot of nice bras as well  

has regular suits and a section for mastectomy

Before I realized they make tops with pockets I pretty much mourned over NO MORE cami tops- BUT here you go one with the pockets!

Even my Medic Alert bracelet is cute - I LOVE yellow!
Amazon has other great ideas for Medic Alerts

Here's what it looks like on:
 And if all else fails and you can't find the right suit you may have to get creativee and Sew-In your own Pocket - they even sell them HERE

Hope this helps!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Cardi on sale 29.50 The Loft
Actual Ad below- 2 days only

Look at this cute comfy dress


The Loft

Very Cute

At Express 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Motivation Monday

Getting Ready for Transitional Clothing


I love this blog!
She is so sweet.

She'll post something real meaningful like this:

And then you can enjoy a post like this: 
she finally finished 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Some cancer stuff I've been reading/thinking about! 

Working out - and inflammation!  Inflammation is something we want to avoid so what about working out?
Working out can cause inflammation.
Read this:
The Anti-Inflammatory Effects of High Intesity Exercise: More Reasons To Go For The Burn

Ok- If you know me well you know I wore a bra everyday all day and felt more comfortable sleeping with a bra on than not.
Read this:

Bra wearing habits

In a study by Singer and Grismaijer in 1995, 3 out of 4 women studied who wore a bra for 24 hours a day developed breast cancer compared to 1 out of 168 who wore a bra rarely or never.

That is a huge difference, and the implication is clear. Your first line of defence in preventing breast cancer is to severely limit how many hours a day you wear a bra.

Bras do NOT cause the cancer initially but they restrict the flow of lymph within breast tissue, thereby hindering the normal cleansing process of the breast tissue. Many environmental toxins and pesticides that cause and promote cancer are "fat-loving" and so tend to reside in the breast tissue. Lymph fluid carries away waste products, dead cells, and toxins.

OK- this is an email that has circulated that is false/hoax- BUT honestly if we followed it wouldn't we be a bit better off? Some of it is TRUE- but John Hopkins didn't put it out!
Cancer Update from John Hopkins:

Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.
When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.

Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.

Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering.. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Florescence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit.. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

No plastic containers in micro.

No water bottles in freezer.

No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Cast le Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food you get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons..

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

Recently my father-in-law asked me about Vitamin D-here's all you ever needed to know about VitD....  
Originally posted at
Dr. Frank Lipmans
Hardly a day goes by without some groundbreaking news about Vitamin D. Originally known for it’s crucial role in maintaining calcium levels for bone health, it is rapidly becoming apparent that we have vastly underestimated Vitamin D’s significant importance for our overall health and well being. In short, judging by what I see in my practice and speaking with colleagues around the country, it’s looking very much like we’re facing an epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency, with potential grave consequences. This Vitamin D FAQ will help to get you up to speed on this important topic.

What diseases are associated with Vitamin D deficiency?

-Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to play a role in almost every major disease, including:
-Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
-17 varieties of Cancer (including breast, prostate and colon)
-Heart disease
-High blood pressure
-Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes
-Autoimmune diseases
-Multiple sclerosis
-Rheumatoid arthritis
-Infertility and PMS
-Parkinson’s Disease
-Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder
-Alzheimer’s Disease
-Chronic fatigue syndrome
-Chronic Pain
-Periodontal disease

What is vitamin D?

Although it’s called a vitamin, vitamin D is really a hormone not a vitamin. Vitamins cannot be produced by your body, we get them from dietary sources, whereas hormones like vitamin D are made in your body. It’s your body’s only source of calcitrol (activated vitamin D), the most potent steroid hormone in the body.

What does vitamin D do?

Like all steroid hormones, vitamin D is involved in making hundreds of enzymes and proteins, which are crucial for preserving health and preventing disease. It has the ability to interact and affect more than 2,000 genes in the body. It enhances muscle strength and builds bone. It has anti-inflammatory effects and bolsters the immune system. It helps the action of insulin and has anti-cancer activity. This is why vitamin D deficiency has been linked with so many of the diseases of modern society. Because of its vast array of benefits, maintaining optimal levels of D is essential for your health.

Where do I get vitamin D from?

The only 2 reliable sources of vitamin D are the sun and supplements. Sunlight exposure is the only reliable way for your body to generate vitamin D. Vitamin D is produced by your skin in response to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. In fact, this is such an efficient system that most of us make approx. 20,000 units of vitamin D after only 20 minutes of summer sun without suntan lotion (or clothes!) That’s 100 times more than the government recommends per day! There must be a good reason why we make so much in so little time.

You do not generate vitamin D when sitting behind a glass window, whether in your car or at home because these UV rays cannot penetrate glass to generate vitamin D in your skin. Also sunscreens, even weak ones, almost completely block your body’s ability to generate vitamin D.

The other reliable source is vitamin D3 supplements (not vitamin D2)

Only about 10% of your vitamin D comes from diet, so it is nearly impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from your food.

What are the food sources of vitamin D?

1. Fish liver oils, such as cod liver oil. Fatty wild fish like mackerel, salmon, halibut, tuna, sardines and herring
2. Fortified milk, orange juice and cereal
3. Dried Shitake mushrooms
4. Egg yolks

But to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from food, you would have to eat at least 5 servings of salmon a day or drink 20 cups of fortified milk.

My Doctor told me to avoid the sun, what do you think?

There is an old Italian saying “Where the sun does not go the doctor does.”

For about the last 25 years, doctors (dermatologists in particular) have demonized sun exposure and repeatedly told us it is bad for you and causes cancer. But is that true? In the last few years, numerous studies have shown that modest exposure to sunlight may actually be good for you, helping the body produce the vitamin D it needs to keep bones healthy and protect against cancer, including skin cancer. Though repeated sunburns–in children and very fair-skinned people–have been linked to melanoma, there is no credible scientific evidence that moderate sun exposure causes it. Since it’s almost impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from food alone (including fortified milk and fatty wild fish), the sun is your best source. I’m not suggesting you go bake in the sun with your suntan oil or go to tanning salons. But getting some sun without getting sunburned makes healthy sense.

We evolved in the sun; we were made to get some sun, not to live our lives indoors and slather on sunscreen every time we go outside. If the sun is shining where you are today, get out and enjoy it, talk about a free natural treatment! All you need is a little common sense when heading outdoors, do it gradually and always avoid sunburn.

Special Note: Remember to take antioxidants when you sit in the sun, as these can help prevent skin cells from sun damage.

How much sunshine do I need?

l living things need sun, the key is balance. Too much sun exposure can cause melanoma and skin aging, while too little creates an inadequate production of vitamin D. The amount needed depends on the season, time of day, where you live, skin pigmentation and other factors. As a general rule, if you are not vitamin D deficient, about 20 minutes a day in the spring, summer and fall on your face and arms or legs without sunscreen is adequate. It doesn’t matter which part of the body you expose to the sun. Many people want to protect their face, so just don’t put sunscreen on the other exposed parts for those 20 minutes.
If you live north of 37 degrees latitude (approximately a line drawn horizontally connecting Norfolk, Virginia to San Francisco, California) sunlight is not sufficient to create Vitamin D in your skin in the winter months, even if you are sitting in the sun in a bathing suit on a warm January day! The further you live from the equator, the longer exposure you need to the sun in order to generate vitamin D.

How much vitamin D do I need?

How much vitamin D you need varies with age, body weight, percent of body fat, latitude, skin coloration, season of the year, use of sun block, individual variation in sun exposure, and – probably – how ill you are.

As a general rule, old people need more than young people, big people need more that little people, fat people need more than skinny people, dark-skinned people need more than fair skinned people, northern people need more than southern people, winter people need more than summer people, sun block lovers need more than sun block haters, sun-phobes need more than sun worshipers, and ill people may need more than well people.

What I and many of my colleagues around the country are finding is that even people spending what we thought was adequate amount of time in the sun, are still showing up with low blood vitamin D levels. I am not sure why at this stage but there is an easy and cheap solution…vitamin D supplementation.

How much vitamin D should I supplement with?

Most important is that you take vitamin D3, (cholecalciferol) the active form of vitamin D. Do not take vitamin D2 as it is not as biologically active nor as effective, and nor as safe as vitamin D3. And taking the right amount is crucial, most doctors tend to under dose. The current recommendations from the Food and Nutrition Board of the U.S. Institute of Medicine: from 200 to 600 IU/day depending on one’s age, are way too low. These values were originally chosen because they were found to prevent osteomalacia (bone softening) and rickets

Here are some guidelines:

If your blood level is above 45ng/ml and for maintenance, I recommend 2,000-4,000 IU daily depending on age, weight, season, how much time is spent outdoors, where one lives, skin color and obviously blood levels

In other words if you are older, larger, living in the northern latitudes during the winter, are not getting sun and have dark skin, I recommend the higher maintenance dose.

If your blood level is 30-45 ng/ml, I recommend you correct it with 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day for 3 months under a doctor’s supervision and then recheck your blood levels.

If your blood level is less than 30 ng/ml, I recommend you correct it with 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day under a doctor’s supervision and then recheck your blood levels after 3 months. It takes a good 6 months usually to optimize your vitamin D levels if you’re deficient. Once this occurs, you can lower the dose to the maintenance dose of 2,000 – 4,000 IU a day.

What are the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency?

There is no clear pattern of symptoms. In fact many people remain asymptomatic despite low levels. But here are some of the more common symptoms:

-General muscle pain and weakness
-Muscle cramps
-Joint pain
-Chronic pain
-Weight gain
-High blood pressure
-Restless sleep
-Poor concentration
-Bladder problems
-Constipation or diarrhea

What about vitamin D toxicity?

It is impossible to generate too much vitamin D in your body from sunlight exposure: your body will self-regulate and only generate what it needs. Although very rare, it is possible to overdose and become toxic with supplementation as vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and therefore stored in the body for longer periods of time. Therefore if you are taking 5,000 IU or more daily, you should have your blood levels monitored approximately every 3 months.

What blood test should I have to check my vitamin D levels?

The only blood test that can diagnose vitamin D deficiency is a 25-hydroxy-vitamin D (25 OH vitamin D). Unfortunately, some doctors are still ordering the wrong test, 1,25-dihydroxy-vitamin D. In fact a common cause of high 1,25-dihydroxy-vitamin D is a low 25(OH)D or vitamin D deficiency. So when doctors see the 1,25-dihydroxy-vitamin D is normal or high and tell their patients that they are OK, they are often vitamin D deficient.

Your doctor should do this test for you. Unfortunately even some of the labs, in particular Qwest, have had problems with correct results, usually giving erroneously high results.

If you don’t want to go through your doctor, the ZRT lab does a blood spot test that you can order without going through a doctor.

What is the ideal blood level of 25 hydroxy vitamin D?

The current ranges for “normal” are 20 to 55 ng/ml. These are much too low! They may be fine if you want to prevent rickets or osteomalacia, but not for optimal health. The ideal range for optimal health is 50-80 ng/ml.

How often should I have a 25 hydroxy vitamin D blood test?

At least once a year especially at the beginning of winter. If you are supplementing, I suggest you monitor your vitamin D levels approximately every 3months until you are in the optimal range. If you are taking high doses (10,000 IU a day) your doctor must also check your calcium, phosphorous, and parathyroid hormone levels every 3 months

My doctor prescribed Drisdol, 50,000 IU per week. What is it?

Drisdol is a prescription of 50,000 IU tablets of vitamin D2 or ergocalciferol. Ergocalciferol is not vitamin D but it is similar. D2 is not normally found in humans and most studies show it does not raise 25(OH)D levels as well as (cholecalciferol or vit D3) does. If you are vitamin D deficient, the best thing to do, is to take vitamin D3.

Can I take cod liver oil to get my vitamin D?

Although Cod liver oil contains a fair amount of vitamin D, it also contains high amounts of vitamin A. Vitamin A antagonizes the action of vitamin D and can be toxic at high levels.

Why is there an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency?

It is estimated that anywhere from 30 to 100% of Americans, depending upon their age and community living environments, are deficient in Vitamin D. More than half of all American children are vitamin deficient. Supposedly almost 3/4 of pregnant women are vitamin D deficient, predisposing their unborn children to all sorts of problems. Worldwide, it is estimated that the epidemic of vitamin D deficiency affects one billion people. In my practice over 80% of patients whose vitamin D levels I check are deficient. No one is exactly sure why this is happening apart from the fact that we spend too much time indoors and when we go out into the sun, we lather sunscreen on ourselves. I think it must be more than that. But whatever the reason, the reality is we have a major epidemic on our hands.

What about the use of tanning beds to get my vitamin D?

I tend not to recommend them because we don’t really know if they are safe. Because the light sources vary with different tanning beds, it makes them unpredictable and possibly unsafe. In addition, most commercial tanning beds emit an unknown amount of EMF and because one is so close to the actual bed, it may be an unnecessary high dose. Theoretically both these problems could be overcome, but in reality they usually are not.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Fashion Friday

70s Sophisticate

Wide Leg Pants- They are back
I love wide leg pants!

When shopping and dressing 
Bianca Jagger

Biker Style
buckles, studs, leather,
 boots and jackets

 When shopping and dressing
Joan Jett

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Well I have to say Valentines Day was  Different!
And a lota Thanks for that.

It started with my appointment for my prosthesis!  Yes eventhough I had Reconstruction I still need a little something and that is the case more than you think.  I'll have to do a post on that whole appointment.

Anyways- met Sheila from Klemmt Orthopedics and she was AWESOME!  I choose her because the other place said they would have to order the bras where as Sheila keeps a good stock and promised I'd leave with goodies!

I left with 1 white sports bra, 2 nudes, and a black- oh and something else- SWEET!  You have no idea how good it felt to walk out of there all "tricked out"  And for Valentine's Day to top it off!
Thank you so much Sheila!

Here's me 
The next pic is me without my pro
you may or may not be able to tell the difference
but that's OK I did it for me
like every girl should!

And here she is: 
I should name her
Since I'm so in love with my Lady GaGa tee it's only fitting to call her
Lady GaGa

I'm very Thankful to be working & having insurance that paid half of my cost for my STUFF!
Thank goodness my parents keep good insurance!


Since Valentine's Day was on a Monday Rob and I decided to stay at home and eat-
So the deal was Rob makes dinner and I make dessert!
When I got home from work Rob had everything ready and decorated the basement.
It was even better than going out
Lucas served us our dinner
He was dressed in a suit jacket and hat-how cute.

Valentine's Day can be a sore subject because there's so much hype and then sometimes it's a dud.
I had a few that I was really disappointed- how childish I know.
Now I LOVE it even more than ever, but just for the fact that I'm here to celebrate.
Candies, Flowers- whatever- We've got health and the energy to Love it Up.

Thanks so much Rob!

And Lucas showered me with gifts like a cool frog, socks, candles, nail polish, Tom's Coffee and
a beautiful necklace.
Thanks Lucas for making it special.   

And last but not least I'm thankful this stressful day is done - I very stressed due to CMC (cancer mind consumption)  interfering with  some things I had to do! In life there are triggers that set it off.  Prayers and Love got me through.   By the time I got home Rob was already gone (gym)- But he had out for me a wine glass of water and  Ahhh

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Veggie Wedgie Wednesday

If I were a goddess

If I was a goddess I would wake every morning to a cup of warm lemon water.

I would wear flowers in my hair

I would have a beautiful green smoothie when hungry

I'd wear something like this

And I would head to the beach for a day of
relaxation and sun and I would get there in this

For Lunch I'd have

Green Goddess Dip with Vegetables and
Homemade Pita Chips


Serves: 20*
Prep: 7min
Cook: 8min
Total: 30min

NOTE: Ingredients for a changed serving size are based on a calculation and are not reviewed by the author or tested. Please also consider scaling up or down cooking containers as needed.

3 6-inch whole-wheat pitas
2 tsp canola oil
chili powder
kosher salt
2 cups chopped avocado (about 2)
1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (such as Fage) or plain nonfat yogurt
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2/3 cup chopped fresh chives, divided
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
7 cups assorted fresh vegetables, raw or lightly steamed (e.g., beet slices, baby carrots, sliced fennel, julienned jicama, snow peas)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut each pita into 8 wedges. Brush with oil and sprinkle with ground cumin, chili powder, and kosher salt--all to taste. Bake for 8 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Turn off oven and let chips stand for 15 minutes or until crispy. 2. Meanwhile, put avocado, yogurt, lemon juice, vinegar, 1/3 cup chives, parsley, and salt to taste in a small food processor or blender and puree until creamy. Stir in most of remaining chives, reserving some to garnish dip. 3. To serve, spoon the dip into a small bowl and surround with vegetables and pita chips on a platter.

Nutritional Facts per serving

For dinner I'd wear my favorite yellow dress 

And for dinner I'd have

Grilled Asparagus and Spinach Salad with
Smoked Paprika Dressing

If you’re eating this salad as one course of a meal, consider this recipe about 2 servings. But if you’re like me and like a really big salad as a meal on its own, call this one serving and perhaps toss a handful of chickpeas into it to make it more filling.

8 ounces asparagus, tough ends snapped off
olive oil spray
salt and freshly ground pepper
4 ounces baby spinach
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts (may omit or substitute chickpeas)
Smoked Paprika Salad Dressing (see below)

Set a seasoned grill pan over medium-high heat. While it is heating, snap off the tough ends of the asparagus, place it in a dish, and spray it lightly with olive oil (just a couple of quick sprays). Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to distribute the oil and seasonings.

Put the asparagus on the grill and cook, turning often, until just beginning to brown in places but still crisp and bright green, about 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and cut spears in half.

Toss the spinach with the dressing and arrange in two bowls or plates. Divide the asparagus between the two salads, and sprinkle each with a tablespoon of walnuts.

Makes 2 standard servings. Each serving, with walnuts but excluding dressing: 60 Calories (kcal); 4g Total Fat; (47% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 46mg Sodium; 3g Fiber. Weight Watchers 1 Flex Point.

Without walnuts or dressing: 36 Calories (kcal); 1g Total Fat; (30% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 46mg Sodium; 3g Fiber. Weight Watchers Core/ Zero Points.

My cocktail would be Sparkling Water with Lemon

For dessert I'd have the sweetest most delicious frozen grapes

I would get ready for bed 

 I would apply my night cream

and have sweet dreams all night long

oh the life of a goddess